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Dan Silverman's Early Heroes Jazz Ensemble At FlynnSpace

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Dan Silverman's Early Heroes Jazz Ensemble FlynnSpace Burlington Vermont April 14, 2019 The cool overcast weather this Sunday afternoon in Vermont was a stark contrast to the sunny warmth of the day prior, but the atmosphere within FlynnSpace was something else altogether. The presentation of Dan Silverman's Early Heroes Jazz Ensemble brought to mind the best moments of early summer in June during the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. By the end of roughly two ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Four releases on Another Timbre from a "wonderfully fertile grey area"

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Just after he had launched his Another Timbre label, in late 2007, Simon Reynell said, “I've been a fan of contemporary music since my late teens. I first got into it through the classical end— Stockhausen, Nono, Berio, Cage—but soon discovered free improvisation. I was always more drawn to improvisation which, to my ears at least, connected more to contemporary classical music than free jazz. My interest in contemporary classical music has continued alongside my passion for improv, so I ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Seventy plus recordings and fifty years since the inception of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. I mean the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, its original name. Born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the band sojourned to Paris and soon changed its name to The Art Ensemble Of Chicago to reflect the corroborative process of its members. With the move an enduring quintet was formed with Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and Joseph Jarman. ...

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Philipp Schiepek: Golem Dance

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Melodic ease, harmonic subtlety and an intriguingly dispersed approach to compositional structure make up the winning trinity of this enjoyable debut recording by German guitarist and composer Philipp Schiepek. Most impressively, these aspects belong to the qualities one would expect a 24-year young jazz guitarist to have mastered the least at this point in their career. But Schiepek's hard work at his craft and the many years of experience with a variety of groups, as well as the German Jazzorchestra ...

RADIO

Bill Frisell, Tom Harrell, Wadada Leo Smith and Other Great New Releases

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A show packed with new music featuring new releases from Chuck Deardorf, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Matt Brewer, Josh Lawrence, Tom Harrell, and Wadada Leo Smith. Playlist Chuck Deardorf “Lullaby" from Perception (Origin Records) 00:00 Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan “You Only Live Twice" from Epistrophy (ECM) 07:23 Josh Lawrence “We're Happiest Together" from Triptych (Posi-tone) 16:23 Matt Brewer, Damion Reid, Mark Shim “Ganymede" from Ganymede (Criss Cross Jazz) 20:56 Tom Harrell “The Fast" from Infinity ...

RADIO

Sax Strike: The Sound of Jazz without Saxophones

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Possibly, more than any other instrument, the saxophone defines the sound of jazz. Most jazz combos have at least one saxophonist on the front--and when you see that saxophone, you know it's going to be doing a LOT of soloing, even if the bandleader or composer plays another instrument. But what happens to the shape and texture of jazz when you subtract the sax from the equation? Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme ...

LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Live Guitars From New York: Ava Mendoza, Nels Cline & Ralph Towner

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Ava Mendoza & Nels Cline National Sawdust March 27, 2019 Since its old space closed its doors, John Zorn has been spreading The Stone out into other locations, besides its current main home at The New School. One of these alternative platforms is at National Sawdust, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Zorn programmes a monthly commissioning series, inviting artists to present specially penned works. This guitaring bill opened with a solo set from ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Mauricio de Souza

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Meet Mauricio de Souza: Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a jazz drummer who easily performs in traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello. Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early interest in complex music led him to explore numerous styles ranging from progressive rock, to classical music, to jazz. Since 2004, de ...

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Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

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This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam Most, trombonist Scott Whitfield, and pianist Roger Kellaway. Koonse, fronting a first-rate quartet filled out by pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Tom ...

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Christian Lillinger: Open Form For Society

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German drummer and über composer Christian Lillinger might be best known for his ensemble Grund which has released several outstanding recordings since 2009. He can also be found in good company with musicians like Peter Evans, Samo Šalamon, Luís Lopes, Pascal Niggenkemper, Tobias Delius and Achim Kaufmann, to name but a few heavy hitters with whom he is associated. His Open Form For Society (OFFS) project plays a sort of futuristic chamber music that draws from musique concrète, avant jazz, ...

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Trio Heinz Herbert: Yes

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On their second album on Intakt, after The Willisau Concert (2017), the young electronics-heavy Swiss threesome Trio Heinz Herbert move even further from their jazz roots. The prevalent effects mean that sound sources in most cases remain indeterminate, emphasizing that theirs is a collectively derived music, more about feel, coloration and texture than individual prowess and expression. It's easier to say what it is not rather than what it is, as they draw liberally from avant rock, minimalism, prog, club ...

RADIO

Charles Rumback, Kuzu and More

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There's a slight Chicago flavour to this episode. Drummer Charles Rumback hooked up with noted New Orleans bassist James Singleton for Rumback's latest recording, Cadillac Turns. In an odd twist of strange, Singleton approached a jet-lagged Rumback in a bar in Sydney Australia and said he had seen Rumback playing in a Chicago bar a few nights earlier. Turns out Rumback had seen Singleton there as well, but didn't approach the bassist who has been a favourite of the drummer ...


Oshun by Omar Sosa & Yilian Canizares

This music video features the track "Oshun," from the CD Aguas by Omar Sosa and Yilian Canizares. Its animated graphics were created using After Effects, Moho Pro, and Photoshop by Madrid-based Cuban artist Leonardo Perez Garcia and depicts the transforming and healing powers of the Yoruba water deity. The music video invites all of us to connect with the profound and life-sustaining properties of water in our own lives.

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